What are worms?
Worms are parasites that live inside your dog, often without you knowing. Sometimes when your pet looks healthy on the outside he has worms on the inside. Some worms can pass on from pets to people through grooming, stroking and just being in their general vicinity. This can be particularly harmful to children, elderly people and those with a weakened immune system.
Types of worms
There are various types of worms:
Roundworm: Can cause your dog to appear lethargic and tired, be bloated, have diarrhoea and lose weight. Children are particularly at risk of this being passed from canine to human. Roundworm is known to cause permanent eye damage/blindness and has been associated with epilepsy. Commonly picked up from soil in gardens or on walks.
Tapeworm: Fleas are known to transmit Tapeworms and a particular type of tapeworm is found on sheep so those dogs in contact with them are more likely to contract this.
Lungworm: There are two types of Lungworm which can cause coughing, bleeding and signs of nervousness in your dog. This is commonly associated with foxes and can be picked up by the dog if it eats an infected slug or snail.
Whipworm and Hookworm: Whipworms are more often found in dogs in kennels and can cause diarrhoea. Hookworms can also cause diarrhoea and lethargy, breathlessness caused by iron deficiencies.
How do I avoid my dog getting worms?
Make sure you have a regular worming routine for your dog, usually every 3 months.
Reproduced with permission from The Dobermann Trust